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Thursday, September 25,2014

At Amazon, ‘cheap’ comes at a very hefty price

It’s time to look closer at Jeff Bezos and his online retail colossus

By Jim Hightower
Jeffrey Preston Bezos is the elfish, almost preternatural man of unbounded ambition who founded and is CEO of Amazon, the online retailing colossus that trumpets itself as “Earth’s most customer-centric company.” At first blush, you might wonder why I’m picking on a company that has built a positive reputation with millions of consumers and even has a rather hip vibe going for it.
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Thursday, September 25,2014

GOP to US infrastructure: All fall down

By Jim Hightower
Since the earliest days of our U.S. of A., the most basic task of this legislative body has been to keep our national house in good repair tending to roads, bridges, rail systems, airports, school buildings, parks, Internet access, etc. Yet, with a toxic mix of anti-government ideology and fiscal foolishness, congressional Republicans have recently been blocking every serious proposal to reinvest in America’s collapsing infrastructure.
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Thursday, September 18,2014

Help wash formaldehyde out of baby’s hair

By Jim Hightower
This popular Johnson & Johnson baby product has long been advertised with the comforting slogan, “No More Tears,” for the shampoo’s ingredients don’t sting a tiny tot’s eyes. That’s nice, but many mommies and daddies have become more concerned about another ingredient the corporation has not advertised: formaldehyde.
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Thursday, September 11,2014

Mitch’s minimum-wage glitch

By Jim Hightower
Was it the day of the 9/11 attacks on America? No, much worse. It was the day 12 years ago when the McCain-Feingold law was approved by the Senate, imposing some limits on campaign donations by super-rich corporate interests.
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Thursday, September 4,2014

Burger King pulls a Whopper on us

By Jim Hightower
Burger King, the fast food giant, bills itself as “Home of the Whopper,” a name intended to convey to burger eaters that this one is jumbo, chockfull and a whale of a deal. But “whopper” also means a prevarication, a crock, flim flam, a tall tale — ie, hogwash.
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Thursday, August 28,2014

Cargill’s GMO hypocrisy

Can you have your hypocrisy and eat it, too?

By Jim Hightower
I don’t think so, but Cargill Inc. is doing its damndest to get away with its version of the old admonition that eating your cake today means not having it tomorrow. Cargill, the $2.3 billion-a-year food conglomerate, is a huge producer and user of food ingredients that contain genetically manipulated organisms.
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Thursday, August 21,2014

The militarization of ‘Officer Friendly’

By Jim Hightower
It’s your and my local police departments patrolling our cities. Remember “Officer Friendly,” the beat cops who were known as “peace officers”? The friendlies have largely been transformed into militarized forces, literally armed with and garbed in war gear and indoctrinated in military psychology, rather than the ethic of community policing.
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Thursday, August 14,2014

What we’ve paid for war in Afghanistan and Iraq

By Jim Hightower
War is hell. Major General Harold Greene could certainly tell you about that — but he’s dead. On August 5, General Green became the highest-ranking American soldier to die in our unfathomable, 13-year war in Afghanistan, joining 2,339 other service members who’ve paid the ultimate price for being sent by warmongering politicians into that fight for … well, for what?
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Thursday, August 7,2014

Who’s pushing to impeach President Obama?

By Jim Hightower
The top Republican leader, John Boehner (having discovered that the larger public is appalled that his party would even consider wasting time on such extremist nonsense) tried to do a political backflip. Impeachment talk, he fumed, is “a scam started by Democrats at the White House.
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Thursday, July 31,2014

Boney fingers v. soft hands work

By Jim Hightower
If it’s a big payoff you want from a job, go for what my Uncle Emmett called “soft hands work.” I recommend hedge-fund huckstering! Those guys (and they’re nearly all guys) never get a callus and do nothing of social value, yet they make the biggest haul of anyone.
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